- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A 39-year-old Gulfport man has pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft involving income tax refunds he obtained by using other people’s names and Social Security numbers.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1jwBW2c ) Richard Terrell Jasper entered his plea Monday in U.S. District Court.

An investigation by the Internal Revenue Service led to a 23-count indictment alleging Jasper stole about $17,000 in government funds from Sept. 7, 2012, through Nov. 20, 2012.

Judge Sul Ozerden will sentence him July 29.

Jasper faces a prison term of at least two years and a fine of $250,000. He also will likely be ordered to repay the money.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com